Are you in the mood for a traditional German brew or a stein full of butterbeer? Want to view the city via epic bike parade or from the top of a 150-foot ferris wheel?
Luckily, you don't have to choose this weekend in Phoenix:
The rich, cultural history of Mexico fills the stage as this bright, colorful festival returns to Chandler. The annual event features the acclaimed Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr., along with Mariachi Sonido de Mexico and a dazzling array of folklorico dancers firmly rooted in tradition. The festival seeks to educate audiences about Mexican culture through performances of traditional music.
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler
Taste an assortment of unique libations this Saturday at Wasted Grain. This indoor-outdoor festival features over 30 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch.
7295 E. Stetson Drive Scottsdale
Shift gears this weekend as Tour de Fat returns to Tempe. Thousands of cyclists and beer enthusiasts alike take to the streets to celebrate good brews, great friends, and of course: self-propelled two-wheel travel. Air up your tires and cruise through the streets of Tempe in the colorful bike parade before kicking back in the lawn for a performance by Trampled By Turtles.
Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
Throw on your cloak and dust off your wand for a weekend of magic for all ages. Come seek an enchanted wand, cast spells, shop at magical alley, go to a magical creature scavenger hunt, meet live owls, and more. Hold your broomstick with one hand and your butterscotch beer with the other as you channel your inner wizard at Westworld of Scottsdale.
Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale
Through October 28
Get first dibs on the deep fried pumpkin pie or test out the 150-foot ferris wheel for the Arizona State Fair's opening weekend. The third-largest state fair in the country is complete with dozens of rides, vendors, animal and livestock attractions, and national and local performers.
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix
Childish Gambino with Vince Staples at Gila River Arena, Friday
The Flaming Lips, at The Arizona State Fair, Saturday
Garbage at The Marquee Theater, Sunday
Lecrae and Andy Mineo, at The Van Buren, Sunday